My Name Is Bill: Bill Wilson—His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous chronicles the life of the man behind AA. Using diaries, personal letters, interviews, and archives, Susan Cheever provides an honest portrayal both of Wilson and of the program he created. The book begins with an in-depth description of Wilson's early childhood, including the traumatic experiences and psychological struggles that eventually resulted in his dependence on alcohol. After losing control of his alcohol use, forfeiting jobs and business opportunities, and breaking countless promises to himself and his devoted wife, Wilson began the search for answers to his addiction problems. My Name Is Bill recounts experiences in hospitals, in Christian group meetings, and with trusted friends and physicians, where the essential lessons that resulted in the creation of AA materialized.